LAHORE - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Operating Officer has confirmed that Azhar Ali will lead the national team in the upcoming three-match ODI series against the West Indies at the neutral venue of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Talking to the reporters here at a local hotel on Monday during the logo unveiling ceremony of West Indies series, Subhan confirmed the PCB’s decision regarding Azhar Ali. “The selection committee has the right to select a captain in any format, but Azhar will captain the national team in the upcoming series against the West Indies,” he said.

Lauding the services of sponsors, the PCB COO said the sponsors played key role in the promotion of sports. "We are grateful to all the sponsors for supporting the upcoming series and also value their role in supporting Pakistan cricket in tough times," he said.

Replying to a query regarding giving former Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi and off-spinner Saeed Ajmal a farewell match, Subhan said: “In an important meeting on September 27, the board will decide about it. We will also approve a mechanism and allied aspects to extend send off to Afridi and other senior players at the time of their retirement.”

Subhan said before taking decision about their retirement, players of different countries of the world consult with their respective cricket boards and the PCB was following the same in Afridi's retirement case. "We have not yet decided about awarding Rs 10 million to Afridi at the time of his retirement, as the board did in case of retirement of former Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq.”

The PCB COO said that Inzamam-led selection committee had all the powers and authority on selection matters and in some cases, it announced the teams without informing the board. "We haven’t bound the selection committee regarding selection of any specific player including Salman Butt instead we have given a free hand to it to run its affairs without any pressure from any quarter," he said.

To another query about hiring a bowling coach, Subhan said: “A few former players have contacted the PCB and offered their services for the position of bowling coach of the national team but the decision in this regard will be taken in a few days.”